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Modern History and International Relations

Are you a talented student and interested in modern history and international relations? Is a career in research something you aspire to? Then this track is exactly what you are looking for.

You can take the Master's track in Modern History and International Relations as a track within the Research Master's degree programme in International Relations.

The two-year Master's track in Modern History and International Relations teaches you to carry out independent academic research in the fields of modern history and international relations. You will explore recent developments in these fields and study relevant theoretical and methodological backgrounds. You will learn about subjects such as international political economy, the history of cultural identity and European cooperation and integration.

As a student of this programme you work in small groups and are supervised by highly qualified researchers. The programme is closely related to the research carried out at the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) and the N.W. Posthumus Institute.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in International Relations (research)
Course type
Research master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60820
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Arts
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Intensive supervision by high-quality researchers in small groups
  • A challenging multidisciplinary approach
  • Research Assistantships
Programme
Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Methodology Modern History and International Relations (5 EC)
Research Seminar I (10 EC)
Theory of Modern History and International Relations (10 EC)
Advanced Methodology International Relations (5 EC)
Research Seminar II (10 EC)
Research Seminar III (10 EC)
Themes, Trends & Topics (10 EC)
Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
MHIR: Specialization 1 (10 EC)
MHIR: Specialization 2 (10 EC)
Bridging Horizons Class (5 EC)
Thesis Preparation Class (5 EC)
Research Master's Thesis MHIR (30 EC)

Curriculum

Research Seminars I-IV can be chosen from the range of research seminars offered by the master programmes in History, International Relations, American Studies en Media Studies (in consultation with the Director of Studies). MHIR Specialization 1-3 can be fulfilled by choosing research seminars (at the RUG or at another (Dutch or foreign) university), by following individual tutorials and/or by doing a research placement.

Programme options
Modern History (specialization)
  • History of Politics and Governance
  • Urban and Regional Social and Economic History
  • History of Cultural Identity
International Relations (specialization)
  • International Security and Theory of International Organizations
  • International Political Economy
  • European Co-operation and Integration
  • International Order and Global Governance
Master's Honours Programme (honours program)

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

More information about this option

Master's placement (specialization)

During this Master's track, you can follow a placement for ECTS credit points.

It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but the Mobility Office can offer help with this where necessary. Click the link above to find examples of placements completed by other Master's students.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • Maximum of 30 EC
Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

Excellent academic record.

language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills), or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1. If you have a VWO diploma a language test is not required.

previous education

BA degree in:

  • History
  • International Relations
  • American Studies
  • Political Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • an other related field
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

written requestNo further information
other admission requirements

Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on an evaluation of degree certificates, individual results and the thesis or paper.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

Excellent academic record.

language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills), or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1.

previous education

BA degree in:

  • History
  • International Relations
  • American Studies
  • Political Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • another related field
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

written requestNo further information
other admission requirements

Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on an evaluation of degree certificates, individual results and the thesis or paper.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

After graduation you are well prepared for a career in research at a university or a private or governmental research institute. You can pursue jobs at international organizations and government institutions as well. You can apply for a PhD-position.

Job examples

  • Research oriented career in International Relations or History
  • International Affairs / Foreign Policy Advisor jobs
  • Investigating Journalism
  • Academic positions
Research

MHIR Journals

About the project

Students in the Research Master Modern History and International Relations (MHIR) have started analyzing journals relevant to their disciplines in 2010, and their successors continue to do so each year. This website aims to collect their reviews, and offer interested scholars access to our research, while at the same time showcasing the quality of the work of the students in the Research Master MHIR .

Students have analyzed journals both qualitatively and quantitatively, delving into several issues of academic journals dealing with the subjects of History and International Relations. Reviews generally offer an introduction of the journal’s history, followed by an analysis of the themes and topics dealt with by the journal, and also an analysis of the background of the authors.

This project also offers interested parties and prospective students an example of the extent to which the University of Groningen succeeds in making research results easily available, showcasing that the work done by students does not need to gather dust in the archives of our professors.

The overview below lists all the analyzed journals alphabetically.

Overview of journals

Clicking on the name of the journal will take you to the individual review. Please take note of the different volumes analyzed.

Interested parties are invited to first read two introducty articles.

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    Research Fellow at Clingendael Institute

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    Five years ago I enrolled in the Research Master's programme in Modern History and International Relations at the University of Groningen. It was a small-scale programme that gave you the opportunity to develop further in a specific field of research in a group of 10 students. That appealed to me, as did the interesting modules that were offered alongside the regular programme, such as 'Euroculture' and the summer school 'Democracy and Transitional Justice'.

    With the combination of academic depth and the option of doing a placement, the Research Master’s programme was a good preparation for the job market. Before I finished the programme I had already found a job as public relations officer for the Dutch Labour Party’s MEPs in Brussels. The flexibility of the programme and my thesis supervisor’s good supervision made it possible for me to graduate with honours alongside my work.

    I currently work as a research fellow for Europe at Clingendael, the Netherlands Institute for International Relations in The Hague. With the European Union facing significant challenges, it is a special time to be working at the Europe cluster at Clingendael. My research is on European administration, European integration and European Neighbourhood Policy. In the future I would like to do a PhD on one of these topics.

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    Internship at United Nations Women South Asia Regional Office in Delhi

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    I gathered a lot of new 'intellectual' knowledge during my internship, as the viewpoints and issues you learn about in an UN office in India are very different from what you learn at a Dutch university and in the Western culture. Moreover, I developed my ability to work individually as a researcher, but also as a colleague in a multicultural team.

    What I also find very valuable is my personal learning. For example, I learned how to - as an intern and a foreigner - adapt to and behave in a demanding working environment and to live in a country and culture I did not know and sometimes found incomprehensible or even awful. Hence, I think students should do an internship, if possible abroad, because it is one of the biggest boosts you can give to your personal as well intellectual development, which makes it challenging, but also very interesting, valuable and useful.

    I really liked that I was moving out of the ‘ivory tower’ into the ‘real world’ for a bit and got an insight into a part of the international political (development) system in practice. This allowed me to further my ideas about what future career I might want to pursue. I also very much liked that I could use this opportunity to investigate a topic which I find really interesting, but that I also got tasks from my boss that dealt with topics I would never have delft into myself. Furthermore, I was really lucky, because I got many opportunities to meet interesting people, to participate in conferences and seminars and to travel in order to better fulfill my tasks. Of course I also enjoyed the periods of travelling prior to and after my internship a lot - India has much to discover! Read more

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								Testimonial of Alexis Tancrede Pages

    "The content of the program is supplemented by the diverse backgrounds of the participating students."

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    I am a second year student in the ReMa Modern History and International Relations. Thus far, the program has met the expectations I had prior to my arrival in Groningen: academic and intellectual rigor, freedom to pursue personal interests in depth and the acquirement of the methodological tools imperative to conduct high-quality research.

    The interdisciplinary nature of my program appeared as a natural continuation of my growing interests. Having arrived in Groningen with little or no knowledge of IR theory, I was quickly immersed in it and immediately recognized its value to my own interests. The content of the program is supplemented by the diverse backgrounds of the participating students. We all approach the same topic from divergent perspectives, providing fruitful debates that challenge our preconceived notions of our disciplines and encourages critical thinking.

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    I am encouraged to learn new skills and extend the boundaries of my scholarly thinking

    – Master Ambassador Lisa Jenkel
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    From the beginning on, the master matched my expectations. In some seminars I can apply and extend my existing knowledge, in others I am encouraged to learn new skills, extend the boundaries of my scholarly thinking and learn to overcome obstacles in the research process. The master is demanding, but highly interesting and a very good preparation for a future in (academic) research.

    However most part of the master is not spend in lectures or seminars but self-studying. Because the aim of the master is to foster research skills we as students are mostly expected to work on projects independently.

    A lot of time is used for reading, researching and preparing own academic work. Nonetheless because the form of projects differentiates studying is much diversified. We are also expected to do a research related internship and can very freely choose where and in which exact field, which is great to develop an own thematic research focus!

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Holland Scholarship

Are you an international student from a non EU/EEA member state starting a Research Master's programme or Erasmus Mundus Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the Holland Scholarship, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.

Read more on the Holland Scholarship.

Research Assistants Programme

Talented and motivated students who start in September in one of the five Research Master Programmes offered by the Faculty of Arts, may apply for a paid position of one day a week at the university.

Read more about the Research Assistants Programme positions.

Master’s degree programmes in History and International Relations

The Faculty of Arts also offers one year master’s degree programmes in History and International Relations.

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Study associations

Clio

Clio is the Study Association of International Relations & International Organization at the University of Groningen. Clio has 1200 members and is one of the largest students' associations in Groningen, and the largest students' organization at a Dutch faculty of Arts.
Clio has 1100 members and is one of the largest students' associations in Groningen, and the largest students' organization at a Dutch Faculty of Arts. Clio organizes numerous events including parties, workshops, excursions and offers services like high-quality summaries, the internship database and various discounts around Groningen.
https://www.clio.nl/

Ubbo Emmius

GHD Ubbo Emmius is the study association for students of history at the University of Groningen. Ubbo Emmius offers both study related assistance and organises extracurricular activities (both leisure and study related).
Members of Ubbo Emmius get discounts on textbooks and organised events. Also, Ubbo is a great way to meet your fellow history students outside of the lecture hall. On top of that, it is possible to become a member of one (or several) of our committees. Or you can apply for a position on the board! Doing this will give you an insight in managing a study association, such as organising lectures or career events.
https://www.ubbo-emmius.nl/

Synthesis

Synthesis is the new study association for all Research Master students from the Faculty of Arts. Synthesis is both a social network and a platform for the academic development of young scholars. Given our shared interest in academic research, Synthesis organizes a variety of seminars, lectures and workshops about academic skills or career strategy with interesting speakers from different fields.
Synthesis also aims to create and maintain an active Research Master community by organizing social activities such as drinks, dinners and fun trips. Join our Facebook group for more information.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/468316950175210/
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Study support

If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the programme and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.